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New thinking on speed deterrent

SPEED humps will only be used as a last resort in future, according to Solihull’s new transport chief.

SPEED humps will only be used as a last resort in future, according to Solihull’s new transport chief.

The new approach comes as plans to put speed humps along a Shirley road were scrapped, after half the residents said they didn’t want them.

Councillor David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, said that the traffic calming measures in Bills Lane didn’t have “sufficient” support from locals.

Solihull Council had found that most drivers were breaking the 30mph limit - raising concerns for the safety of schoolchildren and cyclists.

But proposals to introduce three road humps and three raised junctions received a mixed response from residents.

Around half the 505 people who responded to the consultation were against the proposals, some voicing their concerns on the Letters page of the Solhull News.

Coun Jamieson said: “We are listening to residents’ concerns and responding to them.

“This scheme did not have sufficient support from local people so it has been withdrawn.

“We are revisiting our policy on road humps and will only be putting them in where there is substantial support from residents, where there is evidence that crashes and incidents are caused by excess speed, and where there is no other effective and affordable measure available.”

Three years ago, a sleeping policeman in nearby Hurdis Road was named as one of the worst in the country.

The local authority will now be looking at alternative ways of slowing down cars in Bills Lane.

* Do you think speed humps are a useful deterrent or the scourge of motorists in the modern age?

E-mail your thoughts to solihull_news@mrn.co.uk or write to Solihull News, 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX.

 

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